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Education, Skills, and Technical Change
In this paper, we document the importance of high-skilled immigration for U.S. employment in STEM fields. To begin, we review patterns of U.S. employment in STEM occupations among workers with at least a college degree. These patterns mirror the cycle of boom and bust in the U.S. technology industry. Among younger workers, the share of hours worked in STEM jobs peaked around the year 2000, at the height of the dot-com bubble. STEM employment shares are just now approaching these previous highs.doi:10.7208/chicago/9780226567945.003.0012 fatcat:iedxlfcm4nhffg6ew2yw3qoufe